New Zealand re-establishes its Indo-Pacific policy

Jun 21, 2024

Wellington [New Zealand], June 21: Nikkei Asia reported on June 20 that New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon revealed that the country is resetting its foreign policy and seeking to participate more in the fields of security and defense in the Indo-Pacific ( Indo-Pacific).
Mr. Luxon explained that this change is in the "national interest", as New Zealand wants to double its exports and stability in the region is necessary for New Zealand to realize this ambition.
Prime Minister Luxon added that regional security is also an important goal. He emphasized that he did not want "miscalculation or uncertainty" and wanted to see "the easing of tensions". About 80% of New Zealand's annual exports to the Indo-Pacific are shipped through the South China Sea .
New Zealand is also considering joining the second pillar of the AUKUS agreement, which includes the US - Australia - UK. This pillar focuses on advanced technology areas. Mr. Luxon described AUKUS as "good for regional stability and security in the Indo-Pacific".
Source: Thanh Nien Newspaper

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